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why the bruce jenner interview makes me feel better about the world
For the past few years, I’ve been blaming the Kardashians for the decline of civilization.
I couldn’t understand why anyone was paying any attention to them, why they were making a fortune, why kids were aspiring to be like them.
It was so disappointing to me that these were the people everyone was talking about. What had they done to deserve their fame and wealth? Kim did a sex tape, showed off her butt and married a narcissist.
The world was falling apart but people were too busy watching the Kardashians to care.
But then I watched the Bruce Jenner interview last night. And I realized why the Kardashians had to become so popular.
Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer was riveting, moving and important. I think it will be a game-changer.
I admire and applaud Jenner for having the courage to get out there and talk honestly and emotionally about his transition to becoming a woman. (Note: I am using masculine pronouns because that is how Jenner said he will be referring to himself until “she” emerges.)
He is starting a serious and long-overdue conversation that, in many ways, could only have this kind of impact coming from him — someone considered the best (read: most masculine) athlete in the world and someone who is part of one of the most famous families on the planet.
In fact, I thought one of the most revealing statements of the interview was when Jenner laughed and admitted that, over eight years of the popular TV show, the most important story was actually his — and it was a secret.
So, last night was the big reveal and I have to believe it will change the way the public looks at the transgender community.
I’m convinced that many people who made fun of Jenner before his announcement will take their cues from the Kardashians and Kanye West, all of whom — to their credit — seem to be 100% supportive. Maybe the general public will actually learn tolerance and even compassion.
And if that happens, and if even one member of the LGBT community is no longer treated like an outsider and driven to consider suicide, I will take back every negative thing I ever said about the Kardashians and be grateful to them instead.
I will realize that the Universe always has a plan. It may not be easy to understand — especially when, in the most mind-blowing admission of the interview, Jenner admits he’s a Republican — but it’s one we just have to trust.